Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | Brouwerij Westmalle

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Westmalle Trappist DubbelWestmalle Trappist Dubbel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Westmalle
Belgium
trappistwestmalle.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2000

BEER STATS
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1,203
Ratings:
2,666
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
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Photo of carpezytha
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark nutty brown body. Huge head with large bubbles. Surface undulates like a suffle. Finally after a spell settles and creates a little island surrounded by a thin foam that barely covers the surface.
S: Tanbark, pee, hay. Rustic.
T: Dried pit fruit. Burnt brown sugar, lapsang souchong, bread and sour apples. Cedar.
M: Prickly and full. Hangs out.
D: Very drinkable but a once-in-a-whiler.

Trappist ales are sort of like boxing champs in the old days. When someone contends for the title, even if it's a draw, you have to give it to the champ.

Oh damn. I poured the spent yeast into the glass. I don't want to drink that. crap.

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Photo of McDiddyPop
3.21/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle. 'Westmalle' engraved around the neck. Pretty badass looking. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

It should be noted that this one foamed up when I opened it, leading me to believe it became contaminated before bottling. I hope for the best.

It pours a deep mahogany with ruby hues around the edges. Nearly black in the center, when held up to the light it reveals decent clarity with moderate haze from a sturdy pour. A one finger head quickly disipates into a small cap with a few scattered bits of lace. The smell is lacking. Very faint grain, with a hint of sweetness. Apples, maybe? The taste leaves a lot to be desired. It barely fills my mouth. Very dry with a sweet/tartness on the back of the tongue. I have to smack my lips after each sip, because it almost completely dries my mouth out.

I will definitely give this one another chance, but as for my first look I was anything but impressed. Hopefully round two brings me a bottle with no added contaminants.

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Photo of jpiper
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at cellar temp into Westmalle chalice.

Tootsie roll brown with some amber notes and a substantial off-white head which turns to lace.

The smell is apples, apples, apples: green, fresh, and sour. Also, a sweet biscuity yeast is present. Delicious.

First is that green apple, though less sour than on the nose. Then there are sweet malts, and it's complex with an almost nuttiness and yeasty goodness. Very interesting and impeccably balanced. Just a touch of bitterness carries more green apples through the finish. The final finish is bready yeast.

Medium-bodied, dryish, airy, and effervescent. A very nice clean feel.

It is the easiest Trappist to drink. Well, maybe the Westvleteren Blonde, but that's tough to compare given the lack of availability.

An incredible, perfectly balanced, versatile beer. I love this offering from Westmalle.

http://foodbeertravel.wordpress.com/2009/01/10/westmalle-dubbel/

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Photo of krunchie
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay glass at 10°C (~50°F)

A: Dark, almost entirely black liquid. Quite clear, reddish coppery around the edges of the glass. Tan head which stays fluffy for a long time.

S: Yeast, raisins, plums. Surprisingly estery and yeasty.

T: Yeasty taste, again very estery. It's very fruity, reminding me of raspberries, strawberries or even lingonberries. It's a bit tart, but not unpleasantly tart. It's sweet and sour at the same time - in a good way.

M: Thick and full, but not VERY full. I'd expect it to be fuller and thicker actually. Fluffy and creamy on the palate, smooth on the throat. I'd like it even more if it was more roasty or chocolatey than berryish and fruity.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for a trappist. I'd probably drink it at a higher temperature next time, I think maybe 15C (60F). The recommended 45-50 is too cold IMHO.

Conclusion: Black beer with a fluffy, tan head. Raisins, plums and estery yeast aromas are prominent in the nose. Fruity, berry-like flavor with a nice balance of sweet and sour. Would go great with fruit salad, dates or raisins, meat dishes served with berry jelly or just as an aperitif. All in all - a good beer

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Photo of joerodiii
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent brown with hints of amber.

S - Figs, raisins, slight alcohol

T - Alcohol noticeable, a little bitter for me...kind of reminds me of Westvleteren's bitterness. Less yeast characteristics than other Trappistes or even other Dubbels in general. Dry, but the residual flavors of the dark belgian sugars are de.finitely there.

m - just as it should be thin from complete attenuation and highly carbonated

D - Very drinkable even though it's not my favorite of its style

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Style/abv: Trappist dubbel/7%

Smell: pears, 65% dark chocolate, pralines, and subtle piney notes

Taste: ripe barley pears, tart plums, pure cacao, walnuts, almonds, and malty-bitterness; despite the malt, it is impeccably bright and clean along with an effervescent body

Pairs well with street tacos, dark meats, and ice cream, especially pralines and cream ice cream; it's a damn good dubbel

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Photo of Trentonator
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany, the head is nice and lacy, sticks around a good long while. Smell is exquisite, scents of currant, anise and chocolate, truly a decadent whiff. Taste is awesome, both full and spicy, creamy mouthfeel. An overall excellent beer.

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Photo of Calico
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a huge, foamy head with some Belgian lace. Quite dark and rather cloudy.

S: Pleasant malty flowery hop nose with a little cherry.

T: Initial taste was cherry with a tiny hint of smoke. Then a fruity note hit, almost like a sour red. Lastly I caught some estery notes I couldn't quite place, and a fruity, lingering finish. Good, complex, very enjoyable.

M: Bright and sparkly, just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for its 7% alcohol content. A good beer to savor with dinner or dessert.

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Photo of abar22
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH Signature Glass

Westmalle Dubbel poured dark brown with lighter browns and reds when held to the light. Massive cream colored 3F head that settled into craterous 2F cap. The head on this beer didn't want to go away and left massive lacing all around the glass.
The nose sports sweet malts, pepper, hints of clove, and floral hops.
The carbonation comes in full force at first sip then gives way to a fruity center(prunes?). The ending brings a hint of bitter floral hops with a dry finish.
This brew comes off a bit light and watery, sports good carbonation and leaves a bit of metallic after taste.
Good if not simple flavors combined with lighter makes this beer quite drinkable for the style.

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Photo of Rocko
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To begin with my bottle had an abv of 7%, not the 6.5% it says in the title. Anyways...this beer was recommended to me so I gave it a shot. I'm very happy I did because I liked it alot.

Darkbrown/red color with a light brown growing head, the head faded quickly though. Rich pleasant smell of caramel and fruit.

Initially quite modest taste but after a few sips it grows on you. Fruity bready taste with touches of raisin and roasted nuts. It also had a slight hint of citrus in it together with a medium bitterness.

I was very pleased with this brew, I recommend it to everyone who haven't tried it. I will most definately buy it again! :))

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a light brown color from the bottle leaving about 2 fingers worth of head that dissipated in a few minutes to a nice bit of lacing around the rim of the glass.
S: Very fruity with hints of malt, yeast and just a little bit of alcohol. Fruit smells are summery, maybe berries or cherry.
T: This dubbel tastes of raisins, malt and just a faint hint of red wine. A very interesting mix that really works well on the palate.
M: Mouthfeel is medium in body and modest in carbonation. Really this is a pretty good example of what a dubbel should feel like going down.
D: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer. In fact, it's likely in the top three that I've every had the pleasure of trying. Very recommended!

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Photo of Maakun
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in an Orval glass. Color is dark, mahogany brown with a large beige head that disappers quickly. Slightly cloudy even though I kept the yeast in the bottle.

Smell is sweet, some yeast, bananas. Then some malts, burnt sugar and maybe even some coffee.

Taste is also sweet, like brown sugar. There's some sourness, more bananas, cherries, and some green apples. Very nice and fruity without being heavy at all. But there's also a hint of some unripe fruit, in the finish there's some bitterness and sourness, which slowly gives way again to the initial sweetness. It gets better when it's warmed up a little, the sweetness takes over from the sourness and there's some roasted malts there.

Mouth is medium, with a nice carbonation that tickles the tongue, feels great.

Overall this is a nice and very drinkable beer, but the taste is slightly unbalanced and a bit to sour to become a favourite.

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Photo of ghurux86
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

this one's pretty good and smooth for the ABV. according to my bottle it is 7% ABV.
ok as far as appearance goes it is a murky brown and the head is amazing. i had to stop pouring to prevent it from overflowing out of my new Quintine snifter glass. the lacing is pretty thick as well, the best i've seen next to orval trappist ale.
it smells pretty good too. malt, chocolate, raisins.
it tastes good and it is really smooth but there is a bit of a medicine taste. that's what takes away from the taste for my review. it's not bad but it's noticable.
the mouthfeel is great. not very carbonated and it is nice and smooth feeling.
as far as drinkability goes, it is above average but not the greatest the medicinal character takes away from the drinkability just as it does the taste.
overall, it's very good and worth a try.

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Photo of jeffaz02t
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with light brown 1 1/2 inch head.

S: Malts, dates, plums, slight hop scent. (i cannot believe somebody said vomit in another review...!!!)

T: I taste some cherry in this... Then I taste the malts and a little hop profile in there. It goes a little dry towards the end, then gets a little sweet. I do not find the alcohol to be overbearing like others do. Pretty damn good.

M: Velvet. Wonderful.

D: Cannot wait to get more next month. If I would have known it ws this good I would have gotten a full case. Very great beer!

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Photo of manitouman84
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a 2 finger tan head and a beautiful amber mahogany translucent body. As I understand it the monks centrifuge their beer before re-pitching and bottling, makes for a wonderful presentation!

Lovely nobel hop aroma with estery fruit notes. Many flavors present, bubblegum, clove, and a very slight pineapple tartness, with a dry caramel finish. Light phenolics and heavy carbonation give an exuberant mouth feel to the beer as expected with a true trappist style dubbel.

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Photo of jamex
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Russian River Tulip. Paid $5.69 in San Diego for 11.2 ounces.

Pours a deep, rusty brown with a large, creamy head about two fingers in height. Some floaties are visible through the haze.

Smell: I'm getting leather, some sweetness, perhaps a mix of caramel and banana; maybe a touch of mango. Also hints of wet sand at a beach; perhaps wet concrete. Alcohol is trying hard to escape the grasp of the mahogany beverage but without much success.

The taste is smooth and full. More of the smell but now with toasted grains and some very slight hops. Splashes of plum, date and fig. Between drinks I have a slightly bitter taste in the corners of my mouth which slowly vanishes.

The dubbel is very drinkable but the mouth-feel is a bit too light for me. Still, an outstanding product from Westmalle. I would drink this again.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Kind of a opaque raisin/cider color, plenty of carbonation, light tan fluffy head.

Smell - Flowery hop aromas mixed with some dark fruit, light smell overall though. A slight touch of caramel and roasted elements appear as the temperature rises.

Taste - Quite sweet and syrupy to start with a mild to moderate bitterness in the middle and a slightly malty finish. Slight alcohol in the background.

Mouthfeel - Syrupy and medium consistency. Smooth once carbonation settles down.

Drinkability - Overall its good but I guess its reputation precedes it. In my opinion this is not an exceptional beer.

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Photo of mmahut
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber colour with stable head.

S: Bitter strong caramel/sugar aroma.

T: Starts with smooth taste of dark fruits, apple, bananas following with sweet chocolate taste with oranges.

M: Heavy body with medium carbonation, long lasting after taste.

D: One of Belgian classic, very good for dinner.

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Photo of ITK4ever
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New to reviewing, but I had to say this about this beer....WOW!!!! I was given a bottle and now I can't wait to find more. Definitely the best beer I have ever tried and the one thing that I can say to describe this lucious nectar is "BALANCE"

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

excellent dub from westmalle.
recently received 100 pt rating from draft magazine.
so i picked up the dubbel and tripel to revisit.
westmalle is a fine beer. not quite sure about the pt rating systems used by wine/spirit/beer magazines. take those ratings with a grain of salt. anyway, good beer though.

fluffy cottonish head. dissolved to a thin cover of bubbles. good carbonation keeps the beer moving. awesome malt flavors prancing around. good caramel and dark chocolate notes. some hoppiness bounces in and out. and good beer to sit and savor.
this beer almost has the viscosity of cool whip. that's the best way i can describe it. it has good body and it's fluffy. it feels like you're swallowing a mouth full of icing or cool whip or something.
anyway, i could certainly stand drinking a few of these in one sitting.

again, a beer to be savoured.

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Photo of likestoswallow
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11oz bottle from Bevmo. Poured a dark brown with a bit of red around the edges. Head was khaki in color, ample and slowly faded to about 1/4 inch and held with plenty of lacing. Aroma was complex with walnuts, almonds, raspberries, toast and sweet caramel. The flavor mirrored the aroma, with a bit of hops at the back end. The mouthfeel was smooth, full and satisfying with lively prickly carbonation. The finish was long and smooth with a bit of biter hops lingering. Overall: this is an outstanding brew. Recommended.

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Photo of Yimosan
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1PT 9.4 fl oz. bottle / Tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with a quickly fading light beige head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smell of molasses, raisins, figs, and malt dominate immediately. I also get quite a bit of Sherry as it warms up.

T: Sweet malt and raisins come to mind when I first sipped it; I do get a lot of sweet Sherry and some tartness in the back.

M: Medium bodied with some fizz, not much. In the middle it feels a bit dry, however in the back palate it feels smooth and very inviting.

D: This a very nice drinkable Trapist beer, primarily because of its flavor, but definitely the modest ABV at (7%) makes it somewhat of a sessionable Belgian ale, for this style.

Bake some Virgina ham and I can drink a ton of this guys for the holidays!!

Salud!!

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque light/burnt orange brown. Small retaining beige head. Effervesence bubbling throughout the entire glass.

S: Sugary sweet.

T: Fruit right off the bat, apple. Then a roasted yeast with a tinge of spicy sweetness, little bit of caramelnuttiness on the followthrough.

M: Sparkly and tingly due to the medium effervesence. The flavors feel soft on the mouth, it's just a tad over tingly on the bubbles for my personal taste.

D: The taste is light enough to make this very drinkable, however, it's more carbonated than my personal preference and that makes it a one-glasser for me.

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Photo of beals
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours brown.... very dark... 1/4" white head. Sticky, OK lacing.

S: Boozy, malty. Clean "soapy" (?) hops.

T: Malty with a strong alcohol presence. Light slightly-spicy hops... Saaz perhaps? Not terribly complex.

M: Bitter carbonation. Kills any sense of malty body.

D: Not my favorite... Carbonation kills drinkability.

After a while, I swirled most of the carbonation out, and the character changed.

M2: Smooth, but not much body. Clean finish.

D2: Drinkability improved significantly.

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Photo of AlexF
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Plastic cork (technology and environment for the win!). That's already a plus.

This beer is very dark, with brownish earthy accents. It has uUnstoppable lacing and never ending head (small bubbles). Very pretty.

Smells like a typical double. Caramels and ripe dark fruits, with a hint of gingerbread.

The beer itself is actually a LOT less sweet than I expected it to be. It remains quite interesting, because that lack of sweetness let other usually hidden aromas developp. The beer is very grassy, earthy and dry. Hops are also quite present. Even if interesting, this is not my type of double. Still, very good brew.

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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel from Brouwerij Westmalle
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,666 ratings.
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